Wednesday, 22 January 2020

MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology Competition 2020



MoonInk are launching a Tanka poetry competition for High Schools in London and the South East. If your school is interested in entering contact Lee and Tana Jackson at info@moonink.co.uk for a free copy of the Tanka Poetry Workshop Pack which provides everything required to run a workshop.


Schools will be able to use the workshop material to facilitate group activities where students will write their own Tanka poems. Ten poems from each school can be entered into the MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology competition. The deadline for submissions is the 30 June 2020.

One poem will be chosen from each school taking part to be published in the MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology to be published in November 2020. The authors of the published poems will each receive a copy of the anthology as a prize and the poems will be published on YouTube.

MoonInk will be contacting High Schools in London and the South East throughout January and February to invite them to take part.

Tanka is a Japanese style of poetry dating back to the 5th Century and the poems are written about nature, the seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions, using strong imagery with a focus on the 5 senses.

Mindfulness can be described as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Reading and writing poetry can help people become more mindful and can relieve stress, trauma, feeling down, and other well-being challenges.

The MoonInk mission is to bring poetry to life by taking the verse out of the book and into the world to gain a wider audience for the poetry in our lives and we are sharing social responsibility by developing the mindfulness and well-being of the people living in our communities.

For more information about MoonInk or Tanka Poetry visit www.moonink.co.uk or the MoonInk Blog Poetry Pages



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Thursday, 2 January 2020

What exactly is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness can be described as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them without believing, for instance, that there's a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel.

Reading and writing poetry can help people become more mindful and can relieve stress, trauma, feeling down, and other well-being challenges.

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much.

Paying more attention to your thoughts and feelings and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness".

Professor Mark Williams says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. He says, it's easy to stop noticing the world around us. It's also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living 'in our heads' – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour.

It's about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.

When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted.

Most of us have issues that we find hard to let go and mindfulness can help us deal with them more productively. We can ask: 'Is trying to solve this by brooding about it helpful, or am I just getting caught up in my thoughts?'

Awareness of this kind also helps us notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier and helps us deal with them better.

Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step to mindfulness.

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps people can take to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

1.      Connecting with other people
2.      Being physically active
3.      Learning new skills
4.      Giving to others
5.      Paying attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Visit www.moonink.co.uk to see some examples of Tanka poetry.

Tanka poems are written to capture a single moment or emotion and are written about nature, the seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions, using strong imagery with a focus on the 5 senses. Imagery is key and the words paint a picture in our minds.

Email us at info@moonink.co.uk for more information.